Towards a Unified Ambient Assisted Living and Personal Health Environment

  • Mohammad Reza Tazari
  • Reiner Wichert
  • Thomas Norgall

Abstract

Due to the changing demographics, residing and being cared in the own familiar environment is becoming the more attractive alternative for an ever increasing portion of the population in contrast to an institutionalized inpatient setting. Despite its tremendous market potential, AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) is still on the cusp of a mainstream break-through. A lack of viable business models is considered almost unanimously to be the greatest market obstacle to a broad implementation of innovative AAL systems. This paper highlights possible explanations for this deficit and shows why the AAL community has yet to arrived at joint solutions based on a unified AAL reference platform. Furthermore, this paper describes the enormous potential of AmI and AAL, as the first real opportunity for their success is provided through universAAL and AALOA.

Keywords

Ambient Assisted Living Ambient Intelligence market potential of AAL business model self-organization software infrastructures AAL reference platform standardization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Reza Tazari
    • 1
  • Reiner Wichert
    • 1
  • Thomas Norgall
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliancec/o Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische DatenverarbeitungDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Ambient Assisted Living Alliancec/o Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte SchaltungenErlangenGermany

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